FOSS Roundup #4 - The Steamy Update

FOSS Roundup #4 - The Steamy Update

It’s the fourth edition of my Weekly FOSS Roundup! The hottest news this week is the Steam Deck, an Arch-based handheld Linux gaming console. If that’s too hot, cool down with the OSTree-based XfIce desktop. Once you’re comfortable, send the Xubuntu team your best wallpaper for a chance to be included in the 22.04 release. Let’s get to it!

Steam Deck Released

Valve’s Steam Deck has finally been released. It’s running Steam OS, based on Arch with a KDE desktop. Hundreds of games are supported via Steam Proton. As more games become verified on the Deck, they’ll be supported on nearly any Linux distribution!

Introducing Steam Deck
Steam Deck is here!

An OSTree-based Xfce desktop has arrived

Based on Fedora, the “XfIce” desktop is an immutable base operating system running Xfce. Immutable Linux distributions have been quickly gaining in popularity, and now Xfce can be used with them.

GitHub - hyperreal64/ostree-xfice-desktop: An OSTree-based Fedora Xfce desktop
An OSTree-based Fedora Xfce desktop. Contribute to hyperreal64/ostree-xfice-desktop development by creating an account on GitHub.

The Xubuntu 22.04 Wallpaper Contest is Live

For every LTS release, Xubuntu holds a wallpaper contest for the community to submit their finest work for an opportunity to be included on the release ISO. The 22.04 contest is live until midnight March 13th (2022-03-13 00:00:00). At this time, there have already been 12 submissions! Send us yours!

Xubuntu 22.04 Community Wallpaper Contest « Xubuntu
Xubuntu – Xubuntu is an elegant and easy-to-use operating system.

A new guide for installing Xubuntu on the Raspberry Pi

One of the most popular articles on my website is a guide for installing Xubuntu 19.10 on the Raspberry Pi. This article is now obsolete as I’ve published a new, in-depth how-to for the current supported and development releases. Check it out!

Install Xubuntu 20.04, 21.10, or 22.04 on Raspberry Pi 4
Install Xubuntu 20.04, 21.10, or 22.04 on the Raspberry Pi 4. This guide makes it easy to get up and running.

What I'm working on...

Last week I rolled out my new website. This week, I did some scans and found that I had a lot of broken links (bad migrations, services going away, the introduction of the Xfce GitLab, and deprecation of the Xfce build bot). Those have now been resolved so any article you read on my site should take you to the right places. Here’s a relevant and time-appropriate goodie that would have been lost to time if not for…

Steam’d Penguins | Valve

Today I am back to working on the Xubuntu documentation updates. There are only a few completed chapters left, and a handful of chapters that we had started updating a couple years ago but stopped due to time conflicts (and to some extent, probably burnout). That said, with the existing completed content, I may be able to wrap it as early as this week!

Thanks for reading!

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